Hazeley Enterprise Park near Winchester enters next phase

Hazeley Group, formerly known as Humphrey Farms, have announced that Winchester City Council has agreed a resolution to grant consent for the comprehensive redevelopment of the final phase of the Northfields Farm site on the north-eastern edge of Twyford. This marks the culmination of extensive planning and collaborative efforts aimed at revitalising the site and creating a vibrant, sustainable hub for commercial activity.

The four-year redevelopment project will see the existing site evolve into a modern, attractive and vibrant business destination. It will feature a mix of office and light industrial commercial buildings and a central hub with café and meeting spaces. This high-quality development will offer energy-efficient commercial buildings that complement the surrounding area and respect its position within the South Downs National Park.

A key feature of the approved redevelopment plan is the removal of the feed mill, the largest mill of its type in southern England. Hazeley Group has been aware for many years of local concern over the environmental and visual impact of the mill. It has worked closely with its neighbours, local authorities and other agencies to enable its removal. The mill will be demolished by 2026. It will be replaced by buildings that are significantly smaller in scale and energy-efficient which will seamlessly integrate with the surrounding landscape and the adjacent enterprise park.

The redevelopment project is expected to address the shortage of quality business units in the area, potentially creating over 360 additional employment opportunities. It will also enhance pedestrian and cycle connectivity with the village and establish a new wildlife area featuring enhanced grassland species and broadleaved woodland.

Hazeley Group Developments Director, Andrew Uwins, said “We are thrilled to receive a resolution to grant consent for the comprehensive redevelopment of our former farm site. This project represents a significant investment in the local economy and community, and we are committed to delivering a development that balances social, economic, and environmental considerations while enhancing the natural beauty of the area.”

The Hazeley Enterprise Park development will incorporate many sustainable features such as photovoltaic panels, green roofs, electric car charging, and cycle storage, reflecting a commitment to energy efficiency and environmental responsibility.

Andrew Uwins added “We are dedicated to sustainable development and responsible land use, and this approval reaffirms our commitment to creating a thriving, environmentally conscious destination that benefits both businesses and the local community,”

The Hazeley Group has consistently engaged with Winchester City Council, the South Downs National Park Authority, and the local community over the site’s 20-year planning history. They have also collaborated with Twyford Parish Council and contributed to the recent local Neighbourhood Plan.

Planning, architecture, urban design and ecology specialists Pro Vision, have worked extensively with Hazeley Group, South Downs National Park Authority and other stakeholders on the design development of the Enterprise Park. Pro Vision Director, James Iles said: “It is great to have secured a resolution to grant consent for this redevelopment, which represents several years of effort by a strong consultant team, including engaging with the local community and helping to shape the Neighbourhood Plan and then creating the master plan for the next generation of this important site, respecting its landscape setting. We look forward to helping implement the scheme over the next few years, which will be a great asset for the local economy”.

Hazeley Enterprise Park already has several high-profile national and local tenants including Jude’s Ice Cream, engineering firm Cyclife Aquila Nuclear, wine merchants Stone Vine & Sun and Wholesale Flower, Plants & Sundries supplier, Dutch Masters. Jude’s Managing Director, James Wright said: “Nestled among the rolling hills of the South Downs, Hazeley Enterprise Park is the perfect home for Jude’s ice cream. Not only is it a naturally beautiful location, the access and proximity to major transport links supports the efficient distribution of our ice cream.”

Work is expected to start immediately with the first units likely to be available for occupation in late 2025. Commercial property agents LSH have been appointed to market the development to new tenants.